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2:20 PM ET, May 28, 2018

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Lani Seelinger / Bustle:
Trump's criticism of media is hardly news, but calling one of his own staff a phony nonexistent source after the staffer briefed about 300 people is a new move  —  President Trump's ongoing feud with the media is hardly news, but over the weekend it turned out that there were still new ways …
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Elon Musk complained about media credibility, then tweeted a link to a story attacking coverage of his company from a news site affiliated with sex cult NXIVM  —  Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's crusade to discredit the press in the wake of negative reporting hit a snag on Saturday …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Silicon Valley billionaires like Elon Musk really want to improve trust in the news media, they should help reinvent the economics of local news outlets  —  Entrepreneur Elon Musk thinks journalism needs fixing, and he's got just the answer.  —  Enraged last week by negative media coverage of Tesla …
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Unlike Netflix and Amazon, many news outlets offer paying subscribers poor customer service, products with technical faults, and ads  —  A growing number of publications are switching to the subscription model.  But most of them are lagging behind, with a poor user experience.
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BBC:
News sites for Lee Enterprises and Tronc properties, like the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune, restrict access to users in the EU as GDPR goes into effect
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Discovery is to shut its European broadcasting base in London, affecting up to 100 jobs, as it mulls post-Brexit plans for a new HQ on the continent  —  Bear Grylls broadcaster may move from London to Poland or Netherlands if EU-wide TV deal not struck  —  Discovery is to shut …
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen / Nieman Lab:
Like climate change deniers, some pundits are doubling down on media theories that are contradicted by evidence-based research, which needs more consideration  —  “If we let media change deniers drive the conversation, the result will be dumber journalism, less-informed public debate …
Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Studios try packaging their media units for TV, film, and shortform video together when offering deals to talent in order to compete with Netflix  —  With deep-pocketed Netflix poaching hitmakers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy with nine-figure paydays, rivals are “going bats— crazy” …
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Q&A with members of Facebook's team to fight fake news on enforcing community standards, financial motivations of false news posts, and reduction of clickbait  —  On Monday, I sat down with nine members of the team at Facebook fighting fake news: Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
A look at ESPN's troubles: too much “divisive” opinionated commentary, soaring broadcast rights, cord-cutting, and an at times rocky relationship with Disney  —  Arguments over tweets, tension with owner Disney increased anxiety over the network's future in era of cord-cutting
Discussion: Business Insider
Victoria Smith Ekstrand / Raleigh News & Observer:
As we increasingly rely on private platforms for public debates, the Trump-Twitter blocking case and NFL's standing rule signal tough times for First Amendment  —  On the same day that a federal district court in New York ruled that the president cannot block Twitter users from his account …
 
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Videos posted by Cobrapost claim big media outlets in India were willing to promote “Hindutva” politics via paid-for news; media orgs call the sting misleading
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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
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